Turner Prize sponsor controverse

Issue no2
April - Mei 2019
Magisch Realisme

Pijnlijk: Turner Prize nominaties eren gemarginaliseerde gemeenschappen, maar de sponsor staat bekend om een homofobe actie.

The Art Newspaper meldt:

Four artists whose work gives voice to the marginalised have been nominated for this year’s Turner Prize, to be held for the first time at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Those in the running for the £40,000 award are Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani. Noting the diversity of their practice, Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain and the chairman of the jury, says that performance and sound are common themes “often because their work seeks to foreground the voices of those who have been marginalised by dominant historical accounts or accounts of society today–because of their gender and in many other ways”.

However, politics of a very different kind threatened to overshadow the press conference on Wednesday, with questions raised over Stagecoach’s sponsorship of the prize this year. The bus firm’s chairman Brian Souter controversially funded a campaign in 2000 to retain Section 28, which prevented local authorities from “promoting” homosexuality.

Meer op The Art Newspaper

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